Anglo-Saxon Minuscule: Sample Transcription

The first box (cream colour) after the image contains the transcription: the second (grey) a version with modern word-division and punctuation, as you might find it in a scholarly edition; the third (pale blue) a translation.

You will have to scroll sideways in order to see the full transcription.

Lines 1-3

[margin georne] befste . geenc hwelce wtu s a be comon for s se worulde. aa
we hit nohweer neselfe nelufodon : ne eac orum monnum nelefdon;
[margin hfdon] one naman nne welufodon tte we cristne wren: ond swie feawa
befste . geenc hwelce witu us a be-comon for isse worulde. aa
we hit nohweer ne selfe ne lufodon : ne eac orum monnum ne lefdon;
one naman nne we lufodon tte we cristne wren: ond swie feawa
... commit. Think of the kind of material punishments which then descended on us, when
we neither loved it ourselves, nor even allowed it to others:
we loved the name alone - that we were 'Christians' - and very few


Lines 18-20:

hie ne wendon tt fre menn sceolden . swa re ce lease weor
an . ond siolar swa \swye/ o feallan; for re wilnunga h[y] hit for
leton. ond woldon t her y mara wis dom n londe wre . y we m
hie ne wendon tt fre menn sceolden swa re[c]ce-lease weor-
an, ond sio lar swa \swye/ o-feallan; for re wilnunga h[y] hit for-
leton, ond woldon t her y mara wisdom n londe wre, y we m
they did not imagine that men should ever become so uncaring,
and scholarship in such decline: they desisted [from translating] deliberately,
and wanted that there should be so much the more wisdom in this country by the greater number

Lines 21-22:

geeoda cuon; age munde ic hu sio . ws rest on ebr\e/isc ge
iode funden . ond eft ahie greccas geliornodon . awendonhie hie .
geeoda cuon. a ge-munde ic hu sio ws rest on ebr\e/isc ge-
iode funden, ond eft a hie greccas geliornodon, a wendon hie hie .

of languages we knew. Then I remembered how the Law was first composed in the Hebrew
language, and afterwards, when Greeks learned it, then they turned it ...


Return to Question Page.

© MEG TWYCROSS 1999